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Judicial Review of EU Sanctions – Advanced

This advanced course provides thorough practical insights on the judicial review of the legality of EU sanctions. It equips legal representatives and agents before the EU courts with the most updated know-how to successfully navigate such proceedings.

About this course

This advanced course focuses on one of the most contemporary and important fields of EU law, especially in terms of number of cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The course will offer highly practical insights and ensure a thorough understanding of the most delicate procedural aspects, the most relevant litigation strategies and applicable limitations to the judicial review of EU Sanctions before the CJEU. Specialised practitioners and experts will give participants an in-depth understanding of the technicalities of the judicial review of the legality of EU sanctions. Participants will additionally be immersed in concrete procedural and litigation strategies, so as to enhance the efficacy of participants’ own litigation choices.

What will you learn:

You will become acquainted with the procedural specificities of EU sanctions and the avenues open to contest their legality.

You will gain professional insights into several technical aspects of the action for annulment of EU sanctions initiated by individuals and their legal counsels. You will also enhance your knowledge on how to assess the relevance of an appeal against a decision of the General Court.

Grounds of review, the rules on legal standing and all other crucial aspects of the procedures available to challenge the legality of EU restrictive measures will be studied and clarified, granting you a comprehensive and detailed overview of the current judicial landscape.

Examples from case law will provide the starting point for discussions of issues pertaining to access to classified documents that might underlie given sanctions. Special focus will be given to the obligations weighing on the EU institutions and especially the Council.

Course methodology/highlights:

The course will be conducted by highly reputable legal experts who will discuss key topics, illustrated with examples and cases from litigation practice.

All presentations will be followed by interactive Q&A sessions. Group discussions throughout the course will provide enhanced learning opportunities.

The opportunity to interact with our experts aims to encourage an exchange of ideas, experiences and practices among our highly qualified participants themselves. In that spirit, participants could also benefit from opportunities to further develop their professional network.

The structure and content of the course will provide guidance on your litigation strategy, on some procedural or drafting choices (especially in view of filing submissions) and how to present your legal arguments (during the written and the oral phase of the proceedings, during requests for interim measures or in view of an appeal).

Prior to the course, you will be given access to the course materials on our digital learning platform. This includes a short questionnaire, which will help us to identify any specific questions you may have so we can consider as many of them as possible during the course.

Preparatory reading lists and materials will be placed on the platform for those willing to go further or to prepare for a more in-depth. All course materials will be made available to participants.

After the event, additional materials and references to relevant literature, documents and websites will be available on our learning platform.

  • Lawyers acting before the CJEU;
  • EU civil servants representing the EU Institutions before the CJEU;
  • National agents acting before the CJEU;
  • National civil servants working in departments representing the government before the CJEU;
  • Lawyers with sufficient EU law background and highly interested in the control of legality of EU sanctions.

Course venue
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
8 rue Nicolas Adames
1114 Luxembourg

Programme Organiser
Ms Nourhene Idani
Tel: +352 621 75 47 11
n.idani@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation, refreshments and a lunch. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA member fee

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

Loyalty coupon
As a token of appreciation we offer all our participants a loyalty coupon for one of our future courses. The offer can be shared with colleagues and relevant networks. The coupon will expire one year after its release. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts, except for the EIPA member fee.

Meals
Dietary preferences can be indicated on the registration form.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. Most rates are including breakfast and tourist tax. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out.

Kirchberg

Luxembourg Centre

Railway Station Area

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).

A few days before the start of the course you will receive the log-in details for accessing the course materials. You can log in here.

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Panagiotis Zinonos
Project leader

Panagiotis Zinonos

Cour supérieure de justice of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Programme

08.45Registration of participants
09.15Welcome and introduction to the course
Panagiotis Zinonos, Lecturer, EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers
INTRODUCING EU SANCTIONS AND THEIR JUDICIAL REVIEW
09.30The ‘what, why and how’ of EU sanctions: an overview of the procedures of adoption, the institutions involved, the grounds, the addressees and the legal acts produced
Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz, Senior Lecturer, EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers
10.15Q&A
10.30Coffee break
11.00The judicial review of EU sanctions between annulment and damages: an overview of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice, the grounds of review and issues of admissibility
Panagiotis Zinonos
11.45Q&A
12.00The practical thorn for reviewing the legality of EU sanctions: how to bridge the lack of access to classified documents and the right to effective judicial protection?
Interactive workshop based on real Court cases with all participants.
Led by Panagiotis Zinonos
13.00Lunch
PROCEDURAL INSIGHTS ON THE REVIEW OF LEGALITY OF EU SANCTIONS
14.30Interim relief, filing of the submission and time limits

  • When, why and how to seek interim measures against EU sanctions
  • Are the expedited procedure and priority treatment a viable option?
  • Calculation of time limits
  • Recent case law

Silvère Lefèvre, Legal Secretary at the General Court, Court of Justice of the EU

15.15Q&A
15.30Coffee break
16.00Proceedings for the annulment of EU sanctions before the General Court

  • Arguments of the parties during the oral phase of an action for annulment against EU sanctions
  • The role of the agents in an action for annulment of EU sanctions
  • New arguments, new evidence and measures of organisation of procedure
  • Recent case law

Silvère Lefèvre, Legal Secretary at the General Court, Court of Justice of the EU

16.45Q&A
17.00End of day 1
LITIGATING STRATEGIES AND SPECIFICITIES OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW OF EU SANCTIONS
09.00Appeal against a judgment of the General Court regarding EU sanctions

  • Common grounds for appeal and success rate
  • Appeal against an order for interim measures
  • The role of agents during an appeal before the Court of Justice
  • Recent case law

Stella Thanou, Legal secretary at the Court of Justice of the EU

09.45Q&A
10.00Action for damages following EU sanctions

  • Admissibility and timeframe
  • Demonstrating and evaluating the harm caused by the challenged EU sanctions
  • The role of lawyers and agents during the procedure
  • Recent case law

Stella Thanou, Legal secretary at the Court of Justice of the EU

10.45Q&A
11.00Coffee break
11.30Trends regarding the review of evidence and the review of conformity with fundamental rights

  • Discretion and obligations of the Council regarding reliance on evidence
  • Recent case law regarding the conformity of EU sanctions with fundamental rights
  • Relevance of those considerations for sanctions against a third country

Interactive workshop on the basis of case law and materials provided to the participants.
Led by Panagiotis Zinonos

12.15Conclusions and evaluation
12.45End of the course

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Judicial Review of EU Sanctions – Advanced

11 Dec 2023 - 12 Dec 2023
Luxembourg (LU)
Register before: 26 Nov 2023

Simultaneous interpretation can be offered. Contact the programme organizer for more information and conditions.

 945 per attendee
 850 for EIPA members
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Discount policy

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount

For a limited number of training courses, EIPA offers an early bird discount.

For more information please contact us.

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